Keep Your Wedding Empowering For You And Your Guests
You want your wedding to be fun, and to be one of the most memorable days of your life. But a lot of women are breaking from the picture-perfect wedding we see time and time again in catalogues, and adding a little more personality, history, and meaning to their big day. Here are a few ideas that empower you, your spouse, and your guests and make the wedding experience even more unforgettable.
Getting over the obsession of cost
A lot of people look at the price tag of a wedding as the end-all and be-all. If it’s expensive, it must be good. However, the costlier it is to you, the more you might have to ask of your guests, too, especially when it comes to traveling to the venue. Aim for a frugal wedding, as shown at The Simple Dollar, if you really want people to be able to relax and have fun in a setting that doesn’t demand too much of them. You’re also less likely to have to spend years paying it off once it’s all said and done.
Celebrating culture the right way
It’s becoming fashionable to skip the “traditional” traditions associated with a modern wedding. Instead, more people are opting to look to other cultures for wedding inspiration ideas. This can involve dancing, tattoos, specific outfits, and more. While you are free to incorporate whatever touches you want, try to be sensitive while you do it. If you’re celebrating your own heritage, feel free, but if it’s someone else’s, make sure that you’re not inadvertently insulting friends or guests. Where possible, try to learn about and appreciate culture rather than appropriating it.
Give your guests a little more room for expression
Weddings aren’t just about celebrating a marriage. We invite everyone to them because we’re celebrating the friends and family we’ve asked to join us on our big day, too. With that in mind, give them a little room to have fun, express themselves and add their own unique touch. Companies like Booth Boy allow them to do it, for instance, by letting them take creative photos with props and backdrops that beats the standard wedding guestbook by a mile. If you and your guests are the courageous sort then you can arrange a karaoke machine for the night instead of just having a DJ alone, too.
As mentioned, many weddings nowadays are excessive, and, in many cases, what are you really spending on? Is it just a good time? Is it just a personal celebration? When hiring vendors and services, think about who you’re really hiring. Try to use local providers as much as possible, or even look at options like One Hope Wine that uses a cut of their proceeds to donate to charity. If you’re feeling really giving, you can even suggest that guests make donations as gifts instead of buying you things.
Above all else, make sure you do what you’re comfortable with. If you don’t like breaking standard wedding traditions, that’s your choice. If you don’t like being constrained by them, you don’t have to be.